KATHMANDU, April 10: The main opposition party Nepali Congress (NC) has expressed concern over the recent clash in the capital involving leaders and cadres of Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) and the police. The NC has said that the government has violated the right to protest peacefully.
The Nepali Congress Parliamentary Party (NCPP) has issued a statement condemning the government act, terming it a violation of the fundamental right to protest peacefully.
In the statement signed by the NCPP Chief Whip Bal Krishna Khand, the party said even though the ideologies of the NC and the RPP are different, the NC is concerned that the government has suppressed the right to peaceful demonstration by taking action against the RPP cadres and leaders.
Police had fired three rounds of teargas shells and baton-charged the cadres and leaders of Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) for obstructing vehicular movement on the Exhibition Road, on Monday. The RPP held a rally to protest against the government for not fulfilling their demand of a Hindu nation.
Police have confirmed that three rounds of teargas shells were also fired to disperse the crowd. Police said they did not baton charge the top-notch leaders of the party including RPP Chair Kamal Thapa and former minister Deepak Bohara.
Police had also arrested 20 leaders and cadres of the party including the president of the Kaski chapter of RPP Mahendra Bahadur Karki from Pokhara for disrupting vehicular movement. According to the spokesperson of the District Police Office, Kaski, DSP Rabindra Man Gurung, all of the detainees were set free after brief detention.
The RPP said in a statement on Monday that the government breached their right to peaceful protest by disrupting the sit-in with the help of police force. RPP has said that the government's autocratic nature has been revealed by the intervention in the peaceful protest.